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weekly update – september 17, 2020

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In NY: #LessIsMoreNY Campaign Testifies at Assembly Health & Addiction Committees Joint Hearing

Join Us 10/1: Lorenzo Jones at Wesleyan University #WesEngage2020

In NY: #LessIsMoreNY Campaign Testifies at Assembly Health & Addiction Committees Joint Hearing

Things are picking up with our #LessIsMoreNY Campaign. This week, we testified at a joint committee hearing in the NYS Assembly, regarding the impact of COVID-19 on people struggling with substance use in New York. Katal Policy Coordinator Yonah Zeitz  presented the testimony, highlighting that in the midst of COVID-19, people on parole are being sent back to prison for “drug treatment” instead of being provided access to such treatment in the community where they belong. Check out our press release and the testimony we submittedcalling for passage of #LessIsMoreNY.  

Tonight at 5 p.m., check out our #LessIsMoreNY partners from Unchained give the keynote address at It’s a Crime: Using Technical Violations to Re-Incarcerate.” The event is hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. Register to join via Zoom or watch the livestream on the Unchained Facebook page.

And next Wednesday, join the #LessIsMoreNY Campaign Meeting: Please join us next Wednesday, Sept 23, from 12 – 1 p.m., for our next #LessIsMoreNY campaign meeting, with our partners A Little Piece of Light and Unchained.  Register for this zoom meeting here.

Artwork by Josh MacPhee

For more information about the #LessIsMoreNY campaign and how you can get involved, please contact our Policy Coordinator, Yonah Zeitz at

Join Us 10/1: Lorenzo Jones at Wesleyan University #WesEngage2020

We invite you to join us Thursday, October 1st virtually via Zoom for Wesleyan University’s #WesEngage2020 Speaker Series – bringing together community organizers, activists, and changemakers to discuss their thoughts about the 2020 election and share about their movement-building work across Connecticut. Katal’s Co-Executive Director, Lorenzo Jones will be a featured panelist. Register for this event here.

covid-related updates

The CT Post published an article quoting our co-Executive Director Lorenzo Jones, about racism and COVID-19: the vast majority of young people 21 and under who have died from COVID-19 are Black, Hispanic or Native American.

And check out this sweeping new piece in Dig Boston on COVID and the parole crisis across the country, which features #LessIsMoreNY and insight from campaign leader Emily Napier Singletary of Unchained, and our friend Vincent Schiraldi of Columbia Justice Lab.

Keep practicing social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, and check in on your neighbors. If you want to get involved, learn more about our work, or just connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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